Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tommy Time

Since Tommy was born, Shane and I both became more conscious of making time for one-on-one time with Luke. It's hard when you go from being the center of your parents' universe to one of two centers. As Tommy has grown, we've kept that up, but somehow, we kind of forgot how beneficial this one-on-one time would be for Tommy, too.

Saturday, Shane and Luke went with Shane's dad to visit his sister and her family in Milwaukee. I opted to stay behind with Tommy because Tommy was fighting a cough and also because I had so much to do that I knew I'd lose my mind if I spent a whole day away. I forgot how very easy it is to get things done with just one kid around. I was like superwoman! Mostly, though, I didn't realize how much fun Tommy and I would have just hanging out together.

Luke taught him how to make funny faces. He's pretty proud of this new skill.

I asked him if he wanted to go to the post office (not that he actually had any choice in this matter), and he very seriously considered it before responding, I think so.

When we got to the post office, he jumped up and down in the lobby and yelled, post office post office post office!

Hmm... maybe the kid needs to get out a little more often. After the post office, we went to CVS. While we were waiting for my prescription, he ran his fingers up my arm and said, spider, spider, spider, causing the old man in line behind us to laugh and say that I should look into some bug spray. Tommy plays the spider game all the time. When we're not in public, I shriek and say, SPIDER, AHH!! GET OFF ME!
I bought him a green Matchbox car at CVS. When we got home, I took it out of the package and he played with it next to me while I cleaned out dressers and closets and sorted out too small clothes. See also: things you can get done with just one kid home.
After this, we ate lunch, then Tommy napped while I tackled vacuuming, mopping, bed making, and clothes folding. Cleaning machine.

When he woke up, I asked him if he wanted to get dinner out somewhere. When I asked this question, I meant somewhere with a drive-thru and a value menu. Tommy is not a cheap date, though, and he requested a specific sit down restaurant. I could not deter him, even with the promise of a Happy Meal and toy. He was all, Nah. Train restaurant. So, away we went. He sat in the booth like a big kid and colored and ate his dinner. We shared a dessert. Hilariously, the apple pie was too warm for him, so after his first bite, he didn't want any more. I half-heartedly tried to convince him that it cooled down... and then I inhaled it all by myself.

On our way home, Tommy asked if we could drive past the school and look at the school busses. He loves to do this. For some reason, he always says that one of the school busses is crying. I can't figure out why. After he announces that one school bus is crying, he then gets really excited at the sight of all the busses lined up.

Then we went home, took a shower, and cuddled, followed by pajamas and me smelling his freshly washed hair.

The best part was that we had such a great day together that he wasn't at all upset that Daddy and Luke went somewhere with Grandpa. Instead, he couldn't wait to tell them about going to the train restaurant and the post office. I love this kid. Now I just need the stars to align for some Lukey time.


Julie said...

That boy is one heck of a cutie. :-) And why haven't you taken ME to the train restaurant? Is it because you know I won't share pie?? ;-P

Kristen said...

I just love Tommy's huge brown eyes. He's going to to be a heart breaker when he grows up. :-)

Lori @ Hit the Ground Running said...

Fabulous post and good for you for making Mama-Tommy Time. It's just the little things, isn't it? He is such a doll.

Candi said...

LOVE all the pictures! :) You have such adorable boys. :)

I'm trying to do more "individually" with the girls. I try to equal it out between them but Ashlyn and I usually end up spending more time together just the two of us. Aubry is more of a daddy's girl and she gets more one-on-one time with him. So I guess it works out. I still try to make it pretty equal though.

Hope the rest of your week is great! :)

Rebecca Baker-Palmer said...

dade and i also had some together time. we, also, had dedicated so much piper time to her after dade was born, and i still get time alone with just piper every morning. so it was a welcome thing. you have such a wonderful family, and i'm so glad you're so blessed! :)